On this election day, I am grateful to be a working, voting citizen of Australia, a democratic and lucky country. I owe thanks to the women before me who made this possible. Edith Cowan believed that if you wanted something changed, you had to run for parliament. I’ll be raising a glass to her today.
Like many people, I am not comfortable walking through bush alongside armed recreational hunters, some as young as 12.
Sunday, November 25th is White Ribbon Day and the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We can make a difference together, and we must, because according to the largest study ever done on the problem of violence against women – a study conducted in 70 countries over 40 years – violence is ‘a bigger danger to women than cancer’.
For many years, Mother’s Day was a day I tried to ignore. In May each year I tried not to hear about my friend’s plans for this day. I tried to avoid the ads, tried not to see the cards, the flowers, the news headlines.